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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Factotum by Charles Bukowski. Factotum by Charles Bukowski. One of Charles Bukowski’s best, this beer-soaked, deliciously degenerate novel follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-era America. Deferred from military service, Fatkotum travels from city to city, moving listlessly from one odd job to another, always needing money but never badly enough to keep a job.
His day-to-day existence spirals One of Charles Bukowski’s best, this bukovsko, deliciously degenerate novel follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-era America. His day-to-day existence spirals into an endless litany of pathetic whores, sordid rooms, dreary embraces, and drunken brawls, as he makes his bitter, brilliant way from one drink to the next. Charles Bukowski’s posthumous legend continues to grow.
Factotum is fzktotum masterfully vivid evocation of slow-paced, low-life urbanity and alcoholism, and an excellent introduction to the fictional world of Charles Bukowski. Paperbackpages. Published May 31st by Ecco first published To see what your daktotum thought of this book, please sign up.
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Oct 10, Joshua Nomen-Mutatio rated it it was ok Shelves: I have fatkotum sort of pre-emptive dislike-verging-on-loathing of Bukowski, which I think is rooted in my post-adolescent rejection of and disillusionment with the Beat writers whom I absolutely adored in high school.
One I have a sort of pre-emptive dislike-verging-on-loathing of Bukowski, which I think is rooted in my post-adolescent rejection of and disillusionment with famtotum Beat writers whom I absolutely adored in high school. Faktotuk of my poet friends in high school once told me that he only would read Bukowski while taking a shit.
This has stuck with me over the years.
Once, a girl I became involved with praised Bukowski while simultaneously giving me a caveat about what a terrible sexist he was. Then I moved to the couch where I drank alcohol and chain-smoked cigarettes while zooming through the bu,ovski. But I still felt entertained by this stuff, nonetheless. Very little imagination seemed to be at work here. Just the spilt guts of a self-aggrandizing louse.
But yet, I continued to be entertained, so I pressed on, feeling each sentence flow by without much effort on my part.
Following the narrative of being employed many, many times, failing and getting fired just as many, drinking, drinking, drinking to a sickening degreeand barnacle-ing to the hulls of a series of horrendously-depicted females.
Even the contemptible attitudes displayed toward women have an oddly true ring to them. This is NOT to say that I agree with treating women like shit the way Bukowski clearly does, but that his shittiness is a stark reminder of certain horrible realities that do certainly exist in the minds of many men.
And this Faktohum found interesting, in an historico-anthropological sort of way, while simultaneously depressing and upsetting. And then I thought of Raymond Carver. He also was once a real-life drunk of epic proportions who wrote in tight, blunt, staccato, matter-of-fact sentence-lumps, consistently describing soul-crushing work-weeks, oceans of booze and cluttered ashtrays. Why do I like his writing so much and yet feel this strong, largely pre-emptive aversion to Bukowski?
And while he speaks of little else beyond sad, failed, alcoholic people, he manages to make it seem far less about him –the almighty, misanthropic author–and more about said sad, failed, alcoholic people. But then I wonder, is there more buried deep within the the wine-soaked walls of Bukowski than lets on immediately? Or, do I perhaps harbor some of the same misanthropy that he nakedly exposes one word to the next? Am I really any better?
Well, my answer to the first query is still “NO” and my response to the second still “YES” but contemplating these things during my read was enriching in some way, so I reluctantly give some credit there to ol’ CB. But what was Bukowski, really? Some part of me can resonate with this, as much as I high-falutin-ly know that this is the case. I do not know for sure. View all 44 comments. Mar 15, Sarah rated it it was ok. This book confirmed for me that Bukowski only tells the one story.
That one story generally takes the form of several of the same stories over again, with different surroundings and characters. This book is about many of the jobs Chinaski works in between drinking, writing, and screwing. Women, on the other hand, is about the many women he screws in between drinking and writing.
There may be a greater thread of illumination I am missing, but that’s all I have to say about it. This is not to say This book confirmed for me that Bukowski only tells the one story.
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This is not to say that the book is not enjoyable. Chinaski may be relentlessly destructive but he is at least up front about his desires, unlike the insufferable soul searchers of contemporary male fiction who kid themselves into thinking they are seeking a higher destiny in life, when really they are seeking love, acceptance and other conventional comforts.
At least Chinaski never hides the ball: Also, though I’m in the habit of buying used books, this was the first book that ever compelled me to wash my hands after reading. Mar 07, Hannah Eiseman-Renyard rated it it was ok Shelves: Nasty Drunk I’d heard multiple times that Bukowski was a shit to women, but a really good writer.
OK, I can deal with that. I mean, I wouldn’t want to have a drink with the guy but it’s not like misogyny’s a new one on me. I will read your stuff. I gave up about halfway through. Not because he was faktitum to women he was vile raktotum everyone but because there was nothing, I mean nothing to vukovski me. Sparse writing style is only a boon if you have something good to write about.
This has th Nasty Drunk I’d heard multiple times that Bukowski was a shit faototum women, but a really good writer.
This has the typical Beat directionless self-aggrandisement – listing every single nothing-much thing he does – but whereas someone like Kerouac had an infectious enthusiasm for life which carries you through, Bukowski just hates everything. He doesn’t hate everything in an insightful or funny way, there’s no life history to clue you in on why. Except that the book completely lacks a point – so we just have threadbare descriptions of how much he hates his landlady, how many beers bukovsku had, how little change is left in his pocket, how crap faktogum blowjob was, etc.
Maybe there’s a meta-point going on about disaffection in the 20th century or something. But I’ve got better things to read. View all 3 comments. Apr 25, Florin Purluca rated it it was ok. Un ficat revoltat, un rinichi.
Personajul face de toate, dar de fapt nu prea face mare lucru La final m-am decis. faktoutm
Apr 06, Shafa rated it it was ok. I actually like Bukowski. But the crabs did it for me. I feel like all his books are the same, I just can’t relate to this relentless drinking and fucking and not having any responsibility.
Sve je to super, al meni bukovskii knjiga bila totalno bez veze.
Factotum by Charles Bukowski
Apr 24, Alimpic Srdjan rated it it was ok Shelves: Daje otkaze, dobija otkaze. May 01, Joanna rated it it was ok. Still trying to decide if Bukowski is a clear-cut sexist or a pseudo-sexist. I love the way he writes, he writes the way darts hit a dartboard. It’s all so sharp and witty. Then once in a while amidst the wit theres some hardcore truth worth thinking about. Although none of what he says is revolutionary, though it may be to the yuppies and pedants of the world it’s nice to know theres someone out there fakrotum thinks the way I do.
Anyways back to the woman issue, I don’t think he’s a chauvinist, h Still trying to decide if Bukowski is a clear-cut sexist or a pseudo-sexist. Anyways back to fatkotum woman issue, I don’t think he’s a chauvinist, he likes women almost as much as he loves drinks and he really likes drinks, he’s a first class drunk. I think Faktothm needs women the way bukovxki needs bukovskl else, he just relies on them to get him through the day. This is the third book I’ve read by Bukowski, and none lack the word ‘whore’ associated with almost every woman he meets.
He sometimes describes the personalities of the women he meets, but it is very bkuovski, the women in Bukowski novels, even the ones he ‘really likes’ are often described by how ‘fuckable’ they are or how great their ass or tits are, oh and legs, Bukowski loves legs. Long story short, he doesn’t care much about anything and so at least he’s consistent. He’s puzzling though because his poetry tells a different story and thats where I run into conflict.